International Affairs Major

Advanced Fundamentals

The Advanced Fundamentals build upon the Introduction to the Major and continue the education in the basic skills of international affairs through the lens of the disciplines central to (ECON, HIST, PSC) and relevant to (ANTH, GEOG) to the study of international affairs and their respective methodologies. It also imparts an understanding of at least two regions of the world outside of the United States.

Objective: This module promotes fundamental knowledge in the social sciences and teaches students how to apply that knowledge to issues in international affairs. It enables students to analyze problems in the field, generalize from that analysis, identify potential outcomes consistent with the theoretical models, and apply these theoretical models to different regions of the world. This module will allow students to explore different concentration themes in the International Affairs major.

A grade of C- or better must be earned for all International Affairs major courses, to include advanced fundamentals, regional foundations, concentrations and foreign language  (the last course used to prove third year proficiency.)

Courses may not be double-counted between any International Affairs requirements (except for WID courses.)

Research Methods (3 credits)
International Economics (3 or 6 credits)
Historical Analysis: US Foreign Policy (3 credits)
International and Comparative Politics (3 credits)
Anthropology or Geography (3 credits)

Research Methods (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course pertaining to qualitative or quantitative social science research methods.

  • Credit for only one of the following courses may be applied toward a degree: STAT 1051, 1053, or 1111.
  • STAT courses may not be double-counted between the Math requirement and the Research Methods requirement.

Select One:

ANTH 3531: Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
ECON 2123: Introduction to Econometrics
GEOG 2104: Introduction to Cartography/GIS
GEOG 2105: Techniques of Spatial Analysis
IAFF 2040: International Affairs Research Methods*
PSC 2101: Scope and Methods of Political Science
PSYC 2101: Research Methods in Psychology
PUBH 3131: Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
PUBH 3199: Qualitative Research Methods*
SOC 2101: Social Research Methods
SOC 2111: Field Research
STAT 1051: Introduction to Business & Economic Statistics
STAT 1053: Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111: Business and Economic Statistics I
STAT 2105: Statistics in the Behaviorial Sciences
STAT 2112: Business and Economic Statistics II


*Academic Advisor approval required for courses not listed here.

International Economics (3 or 6 Credits)

Students must complete one or two courses pertaining to the theory of international economics.

Select One Option:

ECON 2180: Survey of International Economics
– or –

ECON 2181: International Trade Theory and Policy AND ECON 2182: International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy*
– or –

ECON 3181:  International Trade Theory and Policy** AND ECON 2182: International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy*

*ECON 2181 AND 2182 -OR- ECON 3181 AND 2182 are required for students completing the International Economics concentration.
**Prerequisite required: ECON 2101 or ECON 2103; MATH 1221, MATH 1231, or MATH 1252.
***ECON 2181 & ECON 3181 are considered duplicate credit.


Historical Analysis: US Foreign Policy (3 Credits) 

Students must complete one course pertaining to the history of the US approach to contemporary international affairs.

Select One:

HIST 2340: U.S. Diplomatic History
HIST 3035: U.S. & Wars in Indochina
HIST 3332: U.S. Foreign Policy Since WW II (I)
HIST 3333: U.S. Foreign Policy Since WW II (II)


International and Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course pertaining to international political issues and theories from either an international relations or comparative politics perspective.

Select One:

IAFF 3180W: International Politics and Security Policy*
IAFF 3190: Special Topics in International Affairs*

  • Issues in Contemporary Diplomacy & National Security
  • Global Governance
  • International Law (equivalent to PSC 2444)

PSC 2334: Global Perspectives on Democracy
PSC 2336: State-Society Relations in the Developing World
PSC 2337: Development Politics
PSC 2338: Nationalism
PSC 2439: International Political Economy
PSC 2440: International Politics
PSC 2442: International Organizations
PSC 2444: Public International Law (equivalent to IAFF 3190 International Law)
PSC 2446: U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2449: International Security Politics
PSC 2990/IAFF 0703/IAFF 2040: Ethics in International Affairs*
PSC 2993: Comparative Political Economy*
PSC 2994: US Foreign Policy Traditions*

*Academic Advisor approval required for courses not listed here.


Anthropology or Geography (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course from anthropology or geography that is relevant to international affairs.

Many of these courses have lower-level prerequisites. Please consult the Bulletin for more details.

Select One:

ANTH 2501: The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
ANTH 2506: Religion, Myth, and Magic
ANTH 3501: Development Anthropology
ANTH 3502: Cultural Ecology 
ANTH 3503: Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 3504: Illness, Healing, and Culture
ANTH 3506: Politics, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
ANTH 3507: Kinship, Family and Community
ANTH 3508: Art and Culture
ANTH 3509: Symbolic Anthropology
ANTH 3513: Anthropology of Human Rights
ANTH 3601: Language, Culture, and Experience
ANTH 3691:  Language and Religion
IAFF 3183: International Development: Theory, Practice & Policy (this course is equivalent to ANTH 3501)*
IAFF 3190: Human Rights and Ethics (this course is equivalent to ANTH 3513)*
GEOG 2110: Climate and Human Ecology
GEOG 2120: World Regional Geography
GEOG 2125: Transportation Geography
GEOG 2127: Population Geography
GEOG 2133: People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2134: Energy Resources
GEOG 2136: Water Resources
GEOG 2137: Environmental Hazards
GEOG 2141: Cities in the Developing World
GEOG 2145: Cultural Geography
GEOG 2146: Political Geography
GEOG 2147: Military Geography
GEOG 2148: Economic Geography
GEOG 3132: Environmental Quality and Management
GEOG 3143: Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3810: Planning Cities

*Academic Advisor approval required for courses not listed here.